Dean tops $2.6m

Always nice to see a campaign manage expectations and then blow them away:

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Dean for America today announced that first-quarter fundraising totals are expected to exceed $2.6 million, with more than $2 million cash-on-hand. Contributions came from more than 12,000 individual donors. More than $2 million of the contributions will qualify for federal matching funds under campaign law.

… Campaign Director Joe Trippi [noted] that the average contribution was about $180.

That means that once matching funds are distributed, the campaign will have about $4m on hand. I think that “ underdog” label will start to go away.

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